Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
soon after this achievement, and captured the sloop of
Worley after a desperate conflict. The pirates fought
with the fury of doomed men, and were all killed or
wounded. The wounded men were tried and instantly
executed, to anticipate the more honorable death which
was threatened by their wounds. Bonnet and his crew
were also tried, and all, except one man, were hung
and buried on White Point, below high-water mark.
Johnson increased his popularity by this display of valor.
Other achievements of the same kind followed these,
and the coast of Carolina was at length cleared of those
robbers of the sea, who had fastened themselves upon
the infant colony almost from its commencement.
It was during the administration of Johnson that a rev-
olution was effected in the colony, by which the people
threw off the proprietary government and placed them-
selves under that of the crown. It is needless to go into
details, to show the causes which moved them to this
change. They have already been summed up in former
pages, and it is enough, in this place, to say, that the inter-
ests of the two parties, not perhaps well understood by
either, were never found to assimilate. It would be a
miracle, indeed, if a colony governed from a distance,
should be well governed ; and the natural evils incident
to such a state of things, were necessarily increased by
those peculiar troubles which had harrassed the fortunes
of the Carolinians. Repeated wars, frequent invasions,
robberies by pirates, and the heavy debts which accrued
from these events, had made them ready to ascribe to polit-
ical influence abroad, and to the operation of laws in which
neither their wishes nor their interests had been consulted